New Teachers


Lindsay is a Woodwind and Brass teacher at Monterey Secondary College. After graduating with a BMus in 2009 and a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education in 2010 at both CQU and Griffith University in Brisbane, Lindsay moved to Melbourne in 2011. She has since been teaching at a number of Primary and Secondary schools around Melbourne as both a Classroom Music teacher and an Instrumental Music teacher, as well as a year as a Voice teacher with the Australian Youth Choir.

She also teaches Instrumental Music at two other secondary schools and is enjoying being able to teach music to so many students. In her spare time, Lindsay volunteers with various Musical Theatre companies around Melbourne and spends her time with shows helping out with sound or playing in Orchestra pits.



Leanne Milne has been teaching at Monterey since 2012 and returned to teaching late last year from family leave. She is a very passionate and enthusiastic teacher with a strong desire to get the most out of every student in every class.

When not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family and more recently at the skate park with her two boys. She also loves running and Pilates and will often spend her free time scrolling through the running calendar daydreaming up a combined holiday and fun run.

Leanne always knew she wanted to be a teacher and having children of her own solidified that for her and she truly believes teachers have the most important job in the world. She feels extremely privileged to be a part of the change that is happening at Monterey and amongst the greater community.



Carolyn Thomas is a trained primary and secondary teacher and has been working at Monterey since 2010, returning this year from family leave. She specialises in English and Humanities, teaching these subjects across the school. This year she will be working in will be working with students in Intervention while working towards completing a Doctorate of Education.



Emma Gilette was born in 1983 in Melbourne. At the age of 7, she moved to the country (Nariel) with her family, attending school at Corryong College, where she received DUX in year 12. Emma then moved to Melbourne to attend University and study her bachelor of Teaching and Arts. She graduated with Distinction in 2005.

Emma’s first teaching job was at Rosebud Secondary College, from 2006-2010 – mostly teaching English. In 2011 she started at Monterey, teaching Art and Photography. She worked at Monterey for 3.5 years before becoming pregnant and taking family leave for the following 4.5 years.

Whilst on family leave, Emma ran a successful portrait photography business. She has received international acclaim for her photography and is regarded as one of the best photographic judges in Australia. She is also currently the Director of Training for the Australian Photographic Judges Association.

Emma has been looking forward to working with younger students again and is very excited to be returning to Monterey in 2018 to teach Art and Photography once more.



Laura is the Design and Technology teacher at Monterey and also teaches French. She is delighted to be joining such a dedicated team at Monterey and being part of the school at such an exciting time. She loves working with students to share their creative ideas and helping to make innovative products to enhance their learning.

Laura has had extensive teaching experience in the UK where she taught Product Design and Engineering for the last five years. Outside of teaching, she enjoys painting, yoga and cycling.



Matt McCormack is a qualified Light Vehicle Automotive Mechanic. His career in the Auto industry began with the VACC as an apprentice and later he gained a position as a race mechanic for Garry Rogers Motorsport V8 Supercar Team. Following that he has continued with a number of V8 Supercar teams including Holden Racing Team, Walkinshaw Racing and Kelly Racing just to name a few. Matt is now a qualified teacher who is looking forward to sharing his knowledge with the young and enthusiastic people at Monterey.



Sam Buckley teaches VET Music, Instrumental Music and Classroom Music at Monterey Secondary College. In his last role, he was Director of Music at Upper Yarra Secondary College where he taught Music to Years 8 – 10. He was also the Instrumental Music Coordinator as well as Event Coordinator. This is now his 6th year as a registered teacher and he has had experience teaching Music to all secondary year levels. He thoroughly enjoys teaching and has a passion for connecting with his students and helping to develop their musical abilities, but also beyond that he strongly believes in being a mentor to positively try and develop their character.

He is particularly interested in developing student ensembles and performance. In his life away from teaching he is a dedicated musician and performs in a band called Dreamboogie ( This band regularly performs at music festivals all across Australia. He is also a surfer and loves the outdoors spending time surfing a variety of locations throughout Victoria. He is very excited to be joining the team here at Monterey Secondary College and is looking forward to engaging with students, parents and staff this year.



Catherine Dunn is the Wellbeing Coordinator and she finds it a privilege to be at Monterey Secondary College to support students and families. She has worked in other schools and local communities, and really enjoys assisting individual students with counselling and practical assistance with a positive outlook so that ultimately all students are able to learn and succeed. In addition, she and the Wellbeing team will be involved in creating programs for our students whilst working in partnership with teaching staff, other local schools and community agencies. Students and members of families are most welcome to make an appointment to have a chat about personal difficulties that are getting in the way of student learning and wellbeing. She looks forward to meeting the students and families throughout the year and assisting where she can and thanks all of the Monterey community for welcoming her in.